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109 Concord Rd
Acton, MA, 01720

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Myanna
Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

Myanna

Myanna, one of the hottest saxophonists around, plays music that mixes jazz improvisation with funky rhythms, expressive playing, and catchy tunes. Featuring her soulful sounds, versatility, and unique arrangements, she performs regularly in clubs and concert halls with her own group, with the Love Dogs, and as a featured artist in a number of highly-regarded bands. She has won awards for Best Jazz Artist several times from both the Boston Music Awards and The Boston Phoenix readers poll. Myanna has recorded three or her own CDs, is featured on multiple recordings with The Love Dogs and as a side player on many other recordings.

Performing with Myanna is one of the finest jazz organists around, Ken Clark. He was voted “Winner of New England Blues Society, Keyboardist of the the Year” four times between 2006 and 2015. Ken's technical ability joined with his natural feel for funk and soul make each performance a night to remember.

Drummer/Vocalist Eddie Scheer has been a pillar of the Boston Blues/R&B scene for more than 20 years. As the leader of his award-winning band, The Love Dogs, he’s toured the U.S. and Europe and recorded four critically acclaimed CDs. He’s played and/or recorded with virtually every top-level musician in area and has hosted his “Tuesday Night Allstars” series in Brighton for almost a decade. His encyclopedic repertoire is surpassed only by his big smile and love of entertaining.

Doors open at 7pm
$10/online • $13/door
Purchase your tickets online. Online sales end at 4pm on the day of the day of the show.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

This is the fourth of our seven Wednesday night fall series "Fugitive at the Door" at Orange Door Kitchen in West Acton where we present “listening” music — one to a few performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, classical, world music — and more. Our first three events were sold out.

Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space that was formerly Savory Lane and The Local Table. It is totally transformed. It feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. And they are very welcoming hosts.

They’ll will be serving a few small plates each evening and providing a full bar including some excellent wine offerings.

Orange Door is a no cash, no tipping venue. Please bring a credit/debit card. Gratuities are included in the menu price.

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Fugitive Comedy Night
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Fugitive Comedy Night

Four Boston- and New York-based comics. Check out their bios below.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door
Purchase your tickets online.

Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

Fall 2018 Comedy Series
•  Friday, September 21
•  Friday, October 19
•  Friday, November 16

OUR HOST — MIKE DORVAL!

After a mere three months of performing, Mike won the NH Comedy Festival, defeating some of New England’s most established comics and he quickly climbed the comedic ranks to become one of the youngest headliners in Boston history. He’s been praised by the Boston Globe as “One of Boston’s Best.” Mike has been featured on Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots, starred in numerous TV commercials, and toured overseas for the USO. He has served as Comic In Residence at The Comedy Studio and is a favorite of the Boston Comedy Festival. He’s written and performed several one man shows which have had runs at the Charles Playhouse and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

OCTOBER’S HEADLINER — ERIN JUDGE

“Judge tells jokes that incinerate misogynists, celebrate the fluidity of gender, and wring thoughtful hilarity out of sexual confusion.” —The Village Voice

Erin started out doing stand-up at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge. Since then, she’s appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and at lots of festivals, including Women in Comedy, Bridgetown, Boston, and Laugh Your Asheville Off, as well as Eugene Mirman’s Comedy Festival. She’s performed in more than 60 North American cities with the CAKE Comedy Tour. Her first comedy album, So Many Choices, is available from Rooftop Comedy.

Erin’s debut novel, Vow of Celibacy, won Best Fiction at the 2016 Bi Book Awards and got great reviews. Erin’s words also appear in VanityFair.com, the Advocate, and Salon. She wrote for the stage with The Meaning of Wife, which got four stars from Time Out New York, and as a contributor to Wake Up World!, Lizz Winstead’s satirical off-Broadway show.

She currently co-hosts Romantic Comedy, a popular monthly comedy show at The Ripped Bodice, the country’s first romance bookstore, in Culver City, CA.

FEATURING — BRIAN HIGGINBOTTOM

Brian is an up-and-coming comedian born and raised in Boston. He runs a weekly comedy show at McGreevy’s in the heart of Boston. Brian has performed in the Crosstown Comedy Festival in New York, was a finalist in the Beantown Comedy Riots, and is a regular at top clubs in Boston including Nick’s Comedy Stop, the Comedy Connection, and Laugh Boston. He has also been featured on Funny or Die!

FEATURING — JIAYONG LI

Jiayong bid farewell to his family in Beijing and embarked on a journey of mathematical study at MIT. Along the way, he came upon stand-up comedy and started delivering his cerebral material in a calm and comfortable voice. Watching him perform is a side-splitting yet soothing experience. He was one of the New Faces at Montreal Just for Laughs in 2017.

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Fugitive Stories/Clover Foundation "Rise Up!" Fundraiser
Nov
17
6:30 PM18:30

Fugitive Stories/Clover Foundation "Rise Up!" Fundraiser

For five years, the Clover Foundation has been supporting the health and education of 80 children in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. Their lives are changed at Clover where they receive hearty meals and emergency medical care, have the chance to be curious and play, and learn to speak and read English. All go on to a primary school supported by Clover donors.  

The theme of the event and our stories is “Spark!” 
More info. and tickets available here.

Fugitive Stories brings the craft of true stories told live to suburban audiences (Acton, Arlington, Concord, Framingham, Lincoln). Fugitive’s featured tellers captivate our audiences — they are some of the best in the country. Most are Moth StorySLAM winners and many are GrandSLAM champions. Tonight, three members of the Clover community will be sharing their stories as well.

Fugitive Stories’ featured tellers are: 

Janelle Codianni
Janelle is a writer, performer, story coach, and the owner of High Maintenance, her handy-woman business. She co-produces Harpy, a storytelling show in Somerville that features the voices of women and femmes. When she isn’t doing these things, she’s remodeling her vintage camper, powerlifting, or attempting to casually talk to her two daughters about consent.

Rachel Gans-Boriskin
Rachel is a Senior Lecturer in Communications at Simmons College where she teaches storytelling, journalism, health communication, and media studies. A political junkie, she blogs at politicsinpink.com waxing eloquent, and at times angry, about feminism, politics, and popular culture. She lives in central Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, two cats, two lizards, and numerous dust bunnies.

Aaron Wolfe
Aaron is a filmmaker, a Moth GrandSLAM winning storyteller, and occasional host of the Moth StorySLAMS in Boston. His films have been featured at Sundance Film Festival, the New York Times, and his film “Record/Play” was shortlisted for an Oscar. Aaron is the host and producer of the podcast “First Time, Long Time” where he tells stories about sports for people who may not like sports.

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Fugitive Stories at West Acton Villageworks
Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

Fugitive Stories at West Acton Villageworks

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling in The Gallery at Villageworks in West Acton. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? You can fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

November Theme: “Just in Time”

Featured Tellers

Mark Modrall
Mark is a computer programmer from Littleton. He started telling stories in public about six years ago when he ran out of relatives who hadn't heard that one before. He's won several story slams at the Moth and Massmouth, and he's been a featured speaker at WGBH's “Stories From the Stage.” And he counts himself blessed that he's occasionally invited to speak with much better tellers at great venues, like Fugitive Productions.

Theresa Okokon
Theresa Is a Wisconsin native, a yoga teacher, a social worker, a storyteller, and the co-host of WGBH & Massmouth's Stories from the Stage — the first nationally televised TV show dedicated entirely to live storytelling. She works in nonprofit development, and also owns and operates a small business called LEGIT.yoga, where she provides trauma-informed yoga to people at Boston-area homeless shelters, low-income housing communities, and alternative schools. She loves sandwiches, hammocks, crafting cocktails, cooking without a recipe, and laughter.

Don Picard
Don Picard is a Moth storyteller who shares his own moving life moments with humor and humility. He has worked in software development for nearly 30 years and is currently employed for JobCase, “a place to manage all things work-related, especially the wisdom, experience and connections” of other job hunters. Don was a double major in Theatre Arts and Computer Science at Cornell, and chose to work as an engineer in order to be able to live in Cambridge and feed his family. Don enjoys telling live stories about his kids, husband, and extended family as it is fun, therapeutic, and allows him to exercise the other half of his college degree so he doesn’t become bitter.

$10/online • $12/door
Purchase online tickets here.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Storytelling starts at 6pm.

Acton Coffeehouse, as you enter the venue, serves beverages and snacks until 6pm. Bring them on up!

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Acton or another location? Fill out our form here.

Watch Fugitive Stories online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017. Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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The Elements
Nov
28
7:30 PM19:30

The Elements

Seth Connelly, Keith Jacques, and Ted Powers

The Elements is a perfect union of great musicianship and pure entertainment. No one has more fun performing — and their good cheer is contagious. The Elements is a collaboration of three long-time professional musicians, each bringing his own history, style, and impeccable taste, to create a dazzling harmonious universe of sound. Drawing mainly from the great American Pop of the early 1960s, The Elements reinterpret classic songs with inspired arrangements and elegant, tight vocal harmonies.

Led by Seth Connelly, whose wizardry of the strings has attracted a following of admirers for more than 30 years, The Elements also features the multi-instrumentalist heartthrob Keith Jacques — responsible for multiple outbreaks of Keithmania (there’s no cure) — and journeyman song and dance man Ted Powers. This threesome will warm and inspire you.

Doors open at 7pm
$10/online • $13/door

Purchase your tickets online. Online sales end at 4pm on the day of the day of the show.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

"Fugitive at the Door" at Orange Door Kitchen in West Acton presents “listening” music — one to a few performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, classical, world music — and more. Our first three events were sold out.

Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space that was formerly Savory Lane and The Local Table. It is totally transformed. It feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. And they are very welcoming hosts.

They serve a few small plates each evening and provide a full bar including some excellent wine offerings.

Orange Door is a no cash, no tipping venue. Please bring a credit/debit card. Gratuities are included in the menu price.

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Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling at Kickstand Cafe in Arlington. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Sign up Kickstand or fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

November Theme: “Just in Time”

Featured Tellers

Matthew Dicks
Matthew is an elementary school teacher and the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing, Unexpectedly, Milo, and The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs. He is the founder and Creative Director of “Speak Up,” a Hartford-based storytelling organization and a 34-time Moth StorySLAM champion and four-time GrandSLAM champion. Matt loves ice cream cake, golf, tickling his children, staring at his wife, and not sleeping.

Norah Dooley
Norah Dooley is a storyteller, critically acclaimed children’s author, and educator who performs in schools, libraries, festivals and conferences, and specializes in teaching people of all ages how important their stories are. For the past 18 summers, she has told stories to thousands of children through ReadBoston.org. She is the founder of StoriesLive.org, and a co-founder of massmouth.org and the “Boston Story Slam” series. She teaches storytelling at Lesley, Tufts, and Suffolk Universities. Internationally, she has lectured teachers of English and graduate students in Japan on the role of storytelling in language acquisition, and in Arsuha Secondary schools in Tanzania as part of the African Storytelling initiative of http://www.worlded.org.

Brendyn Schneider
Professional storyspinner, published writer, performance instructor, host, and TedX Coach, Brendyn Schneider is a Boston-based storyteller who’s been featured at WGBH Studios, Emerson College, Coolidge Corner Theater, Somerville Theatre, and other action-packed venues across New England. He is a Moth StorySLAM winner, a winner of multiple Massmouth regional and semifinal slams, as well as a three-time finalist for Massmouth’s annual “BigMouthOff” show. He’s also been featured as performer and host at Northeast Storytelling’s annual conference, “Sharing the Fire” and he recently moderated a panel of master storytellers at Juilliard in New York City. A Fugitive Stories veteran, Brendyn takes his audiences on story-trips of wit through the follies of growing up and the everyday slog. For more, please venture to brendynschneider.com

$10/online • $12/door
Order online tickets here.
Doors open at 7pm. Storytelling starts at 7:30pm.

The cafe will be serving before the event and during the break.
Learn more about Kickstand Cafe.

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Arlington or another location? Fill out our form here.

Watch Fugitive Stories online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017. Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish

JOHNNY HOY RETURNS TO VILLAGEWORKS IN WEST ACTON

Check out what you've been missing or come on back for more (and bring your dancing shoes)! Formed in 1991, the band has released five CDs and performed around the world. Mostly, they’ve appreciated the joys of playing a lot of music on Martha's Vineyard (where most of them live).

JOHNNY juggles a full life that employs his many skills, including stone masonry, fishing, antique dealing, and farming. Somehow, he manages to do all the gigs, as well. He came to the the Vineyard in 1978, after soaking up Muddy Waters’s and Tom Waits’s shows as a teenager.

JEREMY BERLIN, the piano player, has been with the band for most of its life — since the summer of ’93. He’s played duets with President Clinton and Carly Simon, and toured the world with The Nina Simone band — he’s not afraid of anything, and he plays it all. The band started out as a four-piece with no piano, became a five-piece for several years, and then returned to a four-piece configuration, this time with no bass — and it's been that way for over 10 years. They even play as a three-piece without guitar. Jeremy's connection with the Island started before he was born and he's been there on and off ever since.

BUCK SHANK, guitar, long-time member of the band, looks and sounds like he's playing his last solo every time he steps up. He brings so much emotion, joy, and grit to the stage, and his rhythm playing helps drive the bus.

ROBBIE SOLTZ, the drummer, came aboard in 2015 and is a veteran of the Vineyard scene and such bands as Entrain and The Mike Benjamin Band. He’s a strong player and great back-up singer. We’re happy to have him!

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door
Order your tickets here.
Bar provided by True West

“These guys truly hit the nail on the head better than most other pro touring blues/roots bands I've seen. I think a lot has to do with the energy, soul and ability of the band to mix it up — Chicago Blues, Rockabilly, good old R&B, Cajun flavored off beat stuff — I love it all.”

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R.D. King and Walter & The Night Owls
Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

R.D. King and Walter & The Night Owls

R.D. King is a Boston-based composer and acoustic guitar extraordinaire. The winner of the 2017 Canadian Guitar Festival's International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, King has opened for Andy McKee, Liz Longley, Ari Hest, and many others. His song "Lightness of Being" recently won the Instrumental category at the 2018 Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase.

Listening to King’s music is an emotional and introspective journey that is difficult to parse into genre or tradition. King’s audiences describe his music as passionate, powerful, and deeply memorable. A graduate of Ithaca College School of Music, King performs at venues in New England and beyond, including TedX Cambridge, Boston Greenfest, the Spire Center, Walnut Valley Festival, Club Passim, and others. His debut album, vs. Self, was released on April 28, 2017. His second album, self-titled, is set for release in January 2019.

Opening for RD is Acton-based Walter & The Night Owls, an alternative-folk music quartet that has been making waves in the independent Boston music scene. Combining acoustic guitar, violin, and cello with soft vocal harmonies they create a sound all their own. Drawing inspiration from acclaimed songwriters like The Weepies, Paul Simon, and David Gray, the four-piece group is comprised of Walter Rodriguez (vocals/guitar), Masami Rodriguez (violin), Afton Cyrus (vocals), and Kristy Foye (cello). Music from their initial EP has been featured in commercials and films, and has been licensed for use on MTV2 network specials along with other international media outlets. Their debut album, “Living in all Directions,” was released in 2015

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